BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for ambitious 16 to 19-year olds aiming to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries. Hands-on filmmaking courses builds knowledge and skills and shows the pathways into the industry for talented and committed young people, with an excellent track record of inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and crew.

Craft Skills Course

As part of the BFI Film Academy specialist course programme, applications are now open for our Craft Skills course taking place between 13th February 2021 and 20th March 2021.

For young people aged 16 to 19 across the UK, in line with Covid 19 guidance across all Nations and Regions the course will take place virtually, ensuring you can take part wherever you live.

You will receive advanced and intensive craft sessions focusing on your chosen role of screenwriting, cinematography, sound, directing or editing, take part in masterclasses with award winning film industry experts, and view the UK’s best short films.

You will work with professional actors, use industry standard equipment, and collaborate in teams through an innovative virtual approach to produce a short film.

Upon completion, your films will be screened online for industry guests, your friends and family, and you will be given key advice on industry entry and supported to produce a personal development plan to help you with your next steps in film.

Industry Experts

Our previous Craft Skills course participants have learnt from talent working on a diverse range of films and tv drama including Slumdog Millionaire, Eden Lake, The Angel’s Share, Children of Men, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Descent, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Girl with All the Gifts, I Daniel Blake, Tell it to the Bees, Macbeth, Not Another Happy Ending, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Calibre, Sunshine on Leith, Under the Skin, Beast, Anna and the Apocalypse, Star Wars, Outlander, Downton Abbey, Skins, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror and Sherlock.

Course Dates

The course takes place from Saturday 13th February to Saturday 20th March 2021.

24 Participants will be split into 4 groups with learning at weekends as well as some evenings.

All Participants Date Schedule:

Saturday 13th February 10am-3pm

Monday 15th February 6pm-8pm

Tuesday 16th February 6pm-8pm

Wednesday 17th February 6pm-8pm

Thursday 18th February 6pm-8pm

Saturday 20th February 10am-3.30pm

Sunday 21st February 10am-5pm

Wednesday 24th February 6pm-8pm

Wednesday 3rd March 6pm–8pm

Thursday 4th March 6pm-8pm (Group 1 and 2 ONLY, Masterclass)

Wednesday 10th of March 6pm-8pm

Saturday 20th of March 10am-5pm

Dates for Film Production:

Film Production GROUP 1 & 2 GROUP 3 & 4
Pre Production Tuesday 23rd Feb 6pm-8pm. Wednesday 24th Feb 6pm-8pm. Friday 26th Feb 6pm-8pm Tuesday 2nd March 6pm-8pm. Wednesday 3rd March 6pm-8pm. Friday 5th March 6pm-8pm
Film Production Saturday 27th Feb Group 1 9am-2pm. Group 2 3pm-8pm Saturday 6th March Group 3 9am-2pm. Group 4 3pm -8pm
Sunday 28th Feb Group 1 9am-2pm. Group 2 3pm-8pm Sunday 7th March Group 3 9am-2pm. Group 4 3pm-8pm
Post Production Wednesday 3rd March 6pm-8pm Wednesday 10th March 6pm-8pm
Saturday 6th March 10am-5pm Saturday 13th March 10am-5pm
Sunday 7th March 10am–5pm Sunday 14th March 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10th March pm-8pm Wednesday 17th March 6pm-8pm

Course Fee

We welcome applications no matter your background or previous experience. The course fee is £50, with bursaries available for those who require financial assistance to participate.


Any young person who has previously attended a BFI Film Academy Specialist/Residential course or is currently at University, or will be at the time of the course taking place is not eligible to apply.

Applications close Friday 15th January 2021.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact course Course Coordinator Steven Cook [email protected] 

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